University of Winchester

Performing Arts University of Winchester Degree level: Undergraduate


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The programme explores the exciting variety of Performing Arts from popular to experimental forms, and includes studying the history and theory of performance. It is geared towards making performance, incorporating all the performing and creative arts disciplines in a practical and reflective exploration of current practice. The programme encourages your development by focusing on making practicebased contemporary work in an environment that is supported by critical, reflective reading, writing and thinking. You are asked to consider what the performing arts are for twenty-first century audiences, and what your place in performance might be. You have the opportunity to devise, think about, discuss and critique a wide range of professional performances and art events. To support this we bring in visiting professional companies to give practical workshops. The first academic year is introductory and explores a wide range of practical and critical approaches to performing arts. You are introduced to a range of practical performance skills and knowledge of the history and context of Performing Arts. You spend more than half your time creating group and solo performances and the rest of the time discussing and writing about performance from an analytical and historical perspective. In the second academic year, you study a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing and analysing and for creating texts and performance work. You are then given the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules so you can develop and pursue your own particular interests within the broad field of contemporary performance. The final academic year is almost entirely self-directed as it encourages choice and independent study. You explore a number of debates around issues in performance practice and have the opportunity to develop organisational, CV writing and business planning skills. You can spend the majority of the year taking two of three options: taking part in a collaborative performance, being a member of a large directed ensemble performance or taking a professional internship Finally, all students undertake the Extended Independent Study which you may negotiate to present as a performance, a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words, or a shorter dissertation with a practical performance. The University offers excellent facilities for both performance and rehearsal. The Performing Arts Studios provide six bespoke spaces and offer the latest technology for student productions. The Studios are located on the King Alfred Campus close to the Performance Gymnasium and other facilities in the Bowers Building.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code W431
Institution code W76
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required
Access to HE Diploma We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications).

If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants to this course are expected to attend an interview at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about the format of the interview on receipt of your application.

Applicants from outside the UK can be interviewed via Skype if preferred.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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